Tuesday, December 14, 2010
A white man from Georgia who beat a black female Army reservist as her young child looked on and begged him to stop has been released from jail early.
Troy Dale West (pictured above) had only been sentenced to six months in prison for beating Tasha Hill (pictured below), after they had words while both trying to enter a Cracker Barrel restaurant.
White Man Who Beat Black Army Reservist In Front of Her Child Only Serves 43 Days in Jail, Troy Dale WestWest allegedly punched Hill in the face, kicked her as she fell to the ground and yelled racial epithets.
"I heard my daughter screaming, 'Mommy! Mommy!"' Hill said. "I was scared. I didn't know why it was happening."
During the trial, West's defense presented Hill as a hothead with a history of violence who spit on West and initiated the encounter. While evidence shows that Hill certainly may need anger counseling, West's brutal attack on this woman is inexcusable. I wonder would he have been as quick to attack a man of similar stature?
Despite the beat-down that he issued to a woman, West pleaded to misdemeanor charges in a plea deal that netted him only six months behind bars; he was facing felony charges and 44 years in jail.
It's even more of an insult that West did not serve the length of his short term. Given the way he beat Hill, isn't anyone concerned that this guy might be easy to set off and that he needs to learn there are serious consequences for unjustified violence?
"Someone that abuses a dog gets more time than West got," Hill's lawyer, Mawuli Mel Davis said.
The sheriff in Clayton County, Georgia, said West received two days of time served credit for every day he painted trailers. He also acknowledged receiving pressure from West's friends to release him early, but said he did not relent.
I don't think we should take his word for it. An independent authority should launch an investigation.
Even more disturbing is that I can't imagine a black man in Georgia getting this sort of break if he had beat a white woman, even a white woman who had spit on him. The scars of racial injustice run deep in the South.
"Where I'm from, Mr. West, it's not good for a man to hit a woman. Also, where I'm from, it's not good to spit on a person. I can only imagine what my response would have been," Judge Geronda V. Carter said during her sentencing.
However, West, who was a foot taller and weighed more than 100 pounds than Hill, could have easily killed her. I would be moved to the point of anger if anyone spit on me, but the right thing for West to do would have been to contact police.
West's release also sends a message to African Americans that the justice system does not look out for us. When you talk to young black men who carry illegal weapons, many of them will say that they feel it is necessary to protect themselves because the system is not going to.
Hill's attitude was no excuse for the beat-down she received in front of her child.
She'll probably proceed with her civil suit, but given some of the evidence presented during the trial, she should also proceed to anger-management counseling. Every hot head needs to remember that they could run in to their match one day.
That said, we need to learn to treat one another how we would want to be treated. Despite the stress of life, work and kids, it's not right to take that stress out on someone else.
....I have no words
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Cold As Hell:'Monster' storm set to cause travel chaos in U.S. this weekend (but at least it'll be a White Christmas
If you're in America and hoping for a White Christmas, it looks like you may be in luck.
Forecasters are predicting that up to half the country will be blanketed in snow this Christmas - well over the usual average of 25 per cent.
But with a 'monster' storm set to bear down on much of the north-east this weekend, many may actually be tired of the snow by the time Christmas rolls around.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1336689/Monster-storm-set-cause-travel-chaos-U-S-weekend-itll-White-Christmas.html#ixzz17eCLeXY1
Accuweather meteorologists are predicting a major storm is set to sweep the country from the northern plains into Ohio - and then re-develop off the mid-Atlantic coast.
Travel chaos is being predicted over the weekend as snow is set to cover a great swathe of the country from the Dakotas up into the north-east.
'The storm has the potential to explode into a major snowstorm that could produce in excess of 6 inches of snow over a large area of the Northeast states and eastern Canada,' Accuweather.com meteorologists wrote.
The severe weather is part of a pattern that has developed across the country, forecasters said - the same pattern that could result in a white Christmas.
The blocking pattern over the Atlantic is creating a funnel for freezing air from Canada to flow down into the eastern U.S., forecasters said.
The frigid air is reaching all the way to Florida, where farmers are battling to save their orange trees as temperatures hit freezing.
The National Weather Service has also issued parts of Alabama and Georgia with freeze warnings.
The cold is set to last for at least two weeks, with few days of warmth in between
Why Earth may be entering a new Ice Age
All data points to the sun as the primary source of short-term and long term climate change on Earth. While volcanic eruptions such as the current one in Iceland can affect short-term weather conditions over a region, planetary climate is governed by solar activity-or lack of it.
The first inkling that something had changed with the sun was the recognition of an abnormal sunspot cycle. Then, astronomers noted that all the planets were heating up-even little Pluto on the outskirts of our solar system.
While climatologists on Earth massaged the data to make it seem like man-made global warming was real, major climate changes were occurring on Mars.
During the peak of the global warming debate, the prestigious National Geographic Magazine published a ground-breaking article by Habibullo Abdussamatov in 2007, "Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says."
Habibullo Abdussamatov, an astrophysicist and head of space research at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, stated that solar activity caused the climate change on Earth and that observations of Mars revealed the shrinking of the carbon dioxide ice caps at the Martian South Polar region.
In that article, Abdussamatov explained: "The long-term increase in solar irradiance is heating both Earth and Mars." The scientist, accurate in past predictions, has recently pronounced his belief that Earth will enter a "little Ice Age: as early as 2014 and lasting as long as two centuries. The last one occurred between 1650 and 1850 and accounted for many crop failures, outbreaks of famines and mass migrations.
Abdussamatov contends, "Long-term variations in the amount of solar energy reaching the Earth are the main and principal reasons driving and defining the whole mechanism of climatic changes from the global warmings to the Little Ice Ages to the big glacial periods."
If his theory is true—and the International Space Station will be testing parts of it over the next six years—then use of hydrocarbon technology should not be diminished, but increased. Only through technological applications in growing economies would humanity be able to "to maintain economic growth in order to adapt to the upcoming new Little Ice Age in the middle of the 21st century," he asserts.
Whereas global warming would be a good thing (despite the gloomy forecasts) a mini-Ice Age could be disastrous: growing seasons would be shortened, more energy must be extended to stay warm, and
food shortages may lead to breakouts of regional warfare.
"Observations of the sun show that as for the increase in temperature, carbon dioxide is not guilty." The Russian scientist is concerned about this move towards an extending cooling period. He states, "and as for what lies ahead in the coming decades, it is not catastrophic warming, but a global, and very prolonged temperature drop."
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
24 Signs That All Of America Is Becoming Just Like Detroit – A Rotting, Post-Industrial, Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland
24 Signs That All Of America Is Becoming Just Like Detroit – A Rotting, Post-Industrial, Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland
For years, people have been laughing at the horrific economic decline of Detroit. Well, guess what? The same thing that happened to Detroit is now happening to dozens of other communities across the United States. From coast to coast there are formerly great manufacturing cities that have turned into rotting, post-industrial war zones. In particular, in America's "rust belt" you can drive through town after town after town that resemble little more than post-apocalyptic wastelands. In many U.S. cities, the "real" rate of unemployment is over 30 percent. There are some communities that will start depressing you almost the moment you drive into them. It is almost as if all of the hope has been sucked right out of those communities.
Meanwhile, the economic downturn has been incredibly hard on the finances of state and local governments across the United States. Unlike the federal government, state and local governments cannot use the Federal Reserve to play games with their exploding debt burdens. Facing horrific budget deficits, many communities have begun adopting "austerity measures" in an attempt to slow the flow of red ink. All over the nation, deep budget cuts are slashing police departments, fire departments and other basic social services, but it seems like no matter what many of these communities try the debt just keeps growing.
So when you combine economic hopelessness with drastic budget cuts, what you get are hordes of communities from coast to coast that are becoming just like Detroit. In the city of Detroit today, there are over 33,000 abandoned houses, 44 schools have been permanently closed down, the mayor wants to bulldoze one-fourth of the city and you can literally buy a house for one dollar in the worst areas. Many Americans thought that it was funny to make fun of Detroit, but little did they know that what happened there would soon start happening everywhere.
The following are 24 signs that all of America is becoming a rotting, post-industrial, post-apocalyptic wasteland just like Detroit....
#1 The second most dangerous city in the United States - Camden, New Jersey - is about to lay off about half its police.
#2 In the city of Camden, about the only "industries" that are truly thriving are drug-dealing and prostitution. It is estimated that there are literally dozens of open-air drug markets in Camden.
#3 The city of Newark, New Jersey laid off 13 percent of its police force just last week.
#4 Of 315 municipalities the New Jersey State Policemen's union recently surveyed, more than half indicated that they were planning to lay off police officers.
#5 At least 1000 people now live in the 200 miles of flood tunnels that exist under the city of Las Vegas.
#6 All over America, asphalt roads are being ground up and are being replaced with gravel because it is cheaper to maintain. The state of South Dakota has transformed over 100 miles of asphalt road into gravel over the past year, and 38 out of the 83 counties in the state of Michigan have transformed at least some of their asphalt roads into gravel roads.
#7 The number of Americans on food stamps has hit yet another new all-time record. 42.9 million Americans are now enrolled and federal authorities fully expect that number to continue to skyrocket.
#8 The city of San Jose, California recently laid off 49 firefighters.
#9 Over the past year, approximately 100 of New York's state parks and historic sites have had to cut services and reduce hours.
#10 In 2009 alone, approximately 4 million more Americans joined the ranks of the poor.
#11 The state of Arizona recently decided to stop paying for many types of organ transplants for people enrolled in its Medicaid program.
#12 Many of the police in Arizona that patrol communities near the border with Mexico say that they are "outmanned" and "outgunned" and now live in fear of being taken out by drug cartel assassins.
#13 Gang violence in America is getting totally out of control. According to authorities, there are now over 1 million members of criminal gangs operating inside the country, and those gangs are responsible for up to 80% of the violent crimes committed in the U.S. each year.
#14 Oakland, California Police Chief Anthony Batts has announced that due to severe budget cuts there are a number of crimes that his department will simply not be able to respond to any longer. The crimes that the Oakland police will no longer be responding to include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism.
#15 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one anti-poverty program run by the federal government.
#16 The state of Illinois is so far behind on its bills that not even schools and essential social services are getting their money on time.
#17 The sheriff's department in Ashtabula County, Ohio has been slashed from 112 to 49 deputies, and there is now just one vehicle remaining to patrol all 720 square miles of the county.
#18 As our local communities degenerate economically, it appears that they are falling apart morally as well. There are approximately 400,00 registered sex offenders in the United States as you read this.
#19 In a desperate attempt to save money, the city of Colorado Springs turned off a third of its streetlights and put its police helicopters up for auction.
#20 According to one recent study, approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010.
#21 According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 25 percent of America's nearly 600,000 bridges need significant repairs or are burdened with more traffic than they were designed to carry.
#22 In Georgia, the county of Clayton recently eliminated its entire public bus system in order to save 8 million dollars.
#23 Things have gotten so bad in Stockton, California that the police union put up a billboard with the following message: "Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops."
#24 Major cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Sacramento have instituted "rolling brownouts" in which various city fire stations are shut down on a rotating basis. So if you live in one of those cities and you have a fire, you had better hope that your local fire station is not scheduled for a "brownout" that day.
As I have documented in article after article, the "American Dream" is rapidly becoming the American Nightmare. We were once a nation that was endlessly expanding, endlessly growing and endlessly becoming more powerful, but now just the opposite is happening.
All of this didn't happen overnight. Back in 1982, Billy Joel could see what was starting to happen and he released a song entitled "Allentown" which captured the depression that many residents of once great steel cities were experiencing. The song started out with these two lines....
Well we're living here in Allentown
And they're closing all the factories down
Well, the United States has lost over 42,000 factories since 2001 and now all of America is turning into "Allentown".
Unfortunately, things are going to get even worse. Thousands more factories and millions more jobs will be sent overseas. The debt loads of our state and local governments will continue to skyrocket. The truth is that city after city after city is going to start looking like something out of a third world country.
But perhaps you disagree. Perhaps you believe that America's greatest days are just around the corner.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
According to police, a 13-year-old girl, along with a guardian, came forward to detectives after the girl allegedly found videos of her aunt having sexual intercourse with a dog during a time when the aunt and her husband were pressuring the teen to have sex with the husband.
Investigators say the girl was living with her aunt and aunt's husband when she discovered video recordings of her aunt having sex with a canine. The teen also reportedly found email chats between the couple discussing sexual dreams that involved the children of the house.
The teen also had a letter the couple had written encouraging the teen to have sex with her aunt's husband.
Detectives served a search warrant on the residence, seizing various recording equipment, computer equipment, DVD videos, and six grams of marijuana. Among the videos, police discovered recordings of the couple having sex with a canine.
The couple was booked into jail on charges of crimes against nature, conspiracy to commit a felony, soliciting sex with a minor, indecent exposure-indecent exhibitions of obscene material or child pornography-solicitation of minors, possession of marijuana in the presence of a child under 12, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a disorderly house.
The teen girl and three boys under the age of 15 were all removed from the home. Detectives are continuing to investigate to determine if the three boys were sexually assaulted by the couple.
Two white men are accused of sexually assaulting a 32-year-old woman and penetrating her with a live snake during the assault.
John D. Bullock, 24, 1003 Briar Lane, Altoona, and Damonta D. Jones, 25, 510 1/2 Platt St., each were charged Wednesday in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of first-degree sexual assault.
Judge Paul Lenz set $30,000 cash bails for both men.
Assistant district attorney Meri Larson called the incident "a violent attack on the victim."
Larson requested the cash bail for both men for different reasons. Bullock has skipped prior court appearances for unrelated criminal charges in Eau Claire and Barron counties, while Jones is on a probation hold for two separate sexual assault convictions in Eau Claire and Racine counties, Larson said.
Bullock and Jones return to court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
According to the criminal complaint:
The woman told police she was at Jones' residence in the early morning hours of Nov. 11 with Jones, Bullock and two female friends. The group was drinking alcohol and dancing.
At one point, one of the female friends left the residence, while the second went to take a shower. Jones then invited the woman into a bedroom to see his children's pictures.
When she walked into the bedroom, the woman said she was struck in the head with an unknown object and thrown on the floor before blacking out.
The woman said the next thing she remembered was Jones held her while Bullock sexually assaulted her.
Jones then said, "I'm going to get the snake."
The woman said a short time later she felt something inside her. She believes the snake may have bitten her because she felt a sharp pain followed by someone saying "pull it out."
Bullock told police he had sexual contact with the woman, but it was consensual.
If convicted, Bullock and Jones each could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.
JOLIET, Ill. (CBS/WBBM/AP) A 19-year-old suburban Chicago teen pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Thursday in the killing of his 4-year-old half sister.
Prosecutors say Keith Randulich stabbed Sabrina Clement to death in their Mokena, Ill. home on May 22, 2009.
According to CBS affiliate WBBM, Randulich called 911 about 8 p.m. that day and when police arrived, they found the girl's body in the basement.
The girl suffered what was described in court by Assistant State's Attorney Mike Fitzgerald as "numerous and massive stab wounds to her neck," according to a release from the Will County State Attorney's office.
The teen allegedly told police at the time that he had killed the girl because someone was abusing her. Because he couldn't kill her abuser, Randulich said, he killed his half sister instead.
He took the girl to the basement of his home and stabbed her to death with a steak knife while she was lying on the floor. His parents were not home at the time.
Prosecutors will argue that the crime was brutal and heinous when they ask the judge to hand down a life sentence.
"This was a crime of unspeakable cruelty and horror," said State's Attorney James Glasgow. "One cannot begin to fathom what would prompt a young man to commit such an atrocity against his little sister."
Randulich will be sentenced Jan. 25.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
They call it “Blue Gold.” Water is the new oil. Once a human right, it’s now a valuable commodity, and corporations and super-rich oil dynasties are believed to be buying up water rights, controlling nations and populations. Jesse looks into the possibility of these activities finding their way to American shores and uncovers what may be a plot to literally steal the Great Lakes. Tonight on Conspiracy Theory
It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.
- George W. Bush
When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water.
- Benjamin Franklin
You can own oil, but you can’t own water. You can invest in oil and the industrial complex that finds, produces, refines and distributes it. You can invest in the industrial complex that finds, produces, treats and distributes water, but you can’t invest in water itself. Oil and its byproducts are toxic to life whereas water is essential to all life. Perhaps therein lies the origins of the difference to investors. Fresh water is, for the most part, not owned by anyone but is (in most cases) managed and distributed for the public good. The price you pay for public water is essentially the cost to transport, manage, treat, and distribute it to the tap in your home.
You can’t – at least not yet – buy water on any exchange in the world. As water supplies get tighter across the world, this could change. Water is the new oil – a precious commodity, increasingly harder to find, manage and distribute; and that supply is often subject to the whims of Mother Nature. Control of available water is subject to the whims of government. In some parts of the country, the availability of water is restricting the building of housing.
Some regions in the U.S. are learning the hard way – the Southeast is entering its third year of drought conditions. Lake Lanier, Atlanta’s main source of water is over 13 feet below normal, despite recent rainfall. See embedded drought map of the U.S. below. The world drought map doesn’t look any better.
Like oil, water must be transported from where it is found to where it will be used. Pipelines are commonly constructed to bring the water to a central collection and treatment plant. Once at the central plant, the water must be tested and brought up to potable standards. Only then is the water released into the municipal distribution system. You may have seen news stories about large consumer products companies and their quest for water to fill the millions of plastic bottles they sell each year – a lot of this water comes out of the municipal tap. You may also have seen stories about the treatment of sewage to return it to the potable water supply – this is happening now in Southern California.
Investors can tap into the water pipeline at four main places: infrastructure, treatment of water entering the system, consumer products (bottled water) and treatment of water exiting the system (sewage treatment).
You can find stocks of companies involved in the various phases of water treatment and distribution but as readers know, I am a big believer in the diversification benefits afforded by ETFs. There are currently at least four ETFs concentrating on water – primarily transportation, delivery infrastructure and treatment.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Russia and China have announced a decision to abandon the dollar in bilateral trade dealings, resolving instead to use their own currencies.
The decision resulted from a bilateral meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
The Chinese yuan has now started trading against the Russian rouble in the Chinese interbank market, while the renminbi will soon be allowed to trade against the rouble in Russia, according to a report in the China Daily.
In the discussions, China agreed to purchase two nuclear reactors from Russia and prices similar to those the Russian gas giant Gazprom charges its European partners were set for the Chinese purchase of Russian natural gas.
The move marks a continued departure from utilizing the dollar as the standard of international trade, a position the dollar has held since the end of World War II.
"This latest move - a continuation in a series of efforts by both countries to move away from U.S. dollar usage in international trade - further threatens the dollar's reserve currency status," Hao Li wrote in the International Business Times. "China and Russia are gradually revolting against the U.S. dollar."
At the same time, French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed having the yuan enter the pool of currencies in the International Monetary Fund's Special Drawing Rights, as a step to wean the international monetary system off its reliance on the dollar, Reuters reported.
"The smart thing for the IMF to do would be to put the yuan in the SDR basket today," Jim O'Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, told Reuters. "Then the SDR would have some obvious appeal to the private sector: this could quite rapidly open the door to less dependence on the dollar."
According to Reuters, the SDR currently accounts for only 4 percent of global reserves, or $308 billion; the four currencies that make up the SDR - the euro, the Japanese yen, the pound sterling and the U.S. dollar - account for only 46 percent of world trade.
A five-year review of the SDR basket completed this month excluded the yuan because it is not freely traded on international currency exchanges; the admission of the yuan into the IMF basket comprising the SDR would be a major accomplishment for yuan and a major setback for the dollar.
Clearly, Russia, China and France all anticipate the coming day when the dollar will be abandoned as the global foreign-exchange currency and the standard for settling international trades.
China objects to Fed's quantitative easing 2
At the G20 meeting in South Korea earlier this month, China denounced the Federal Reserve's plan to pump $600 billion into the U.S. economy in the next eight months through buying Treasury bonds, in a plan known generally as "Quantitative Easing 2," the Guardian in London reported.
Despite grumbling about how the Fed is debasing the dollar, China, the biggest holder of U.S. Treasury securities, boosted its holdings in September, for the third straight month, according to the Associated Press.
China's holdings of Treasury debt rose to $883.5 billion in September, a 1.7 percent increase from August.
On Oct. 14, 2010, Andrew Batson and Aaron Back reported in the Wall Street Journal that China's foreign-exchange reserves topped $2.648 trillion at the end of September, "in a record surge" that makes China's foreign-exchange reserves the largest amount ever accumulated by any nation.
China's reserves increased by $194 billion in the third quarter 2010, marking their biggest-ever quarterly gain.
Tensions with the Obama administration continue over China's refusal to allow the yuan to freely float on currency-exchange markets.
The yuan has risen only about 2.3 percent against the dollar since June, and many U.S. politicians still view China's currency as being kept intentionally undervalued as part of China's policy to boost exports.
China has repeatedly insisted its central bank will make only "gradual changes" in the exchange rate.
China cut its holdings of long-term Treasuries by $21.2 billion in June, reducing total Chinese holdings of Treasury debt to $839.7 billion, Bloomberg reported.
China has been diversifying its foreign-exchange reserves away from the dollar, in favor of the euro and gold, since June 2009, when China's holdings of U.S. Treasury debt peaked at around $950 trillion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jerome R. Corsi received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling books THE OBAMA NATION: LEFTIST POLITICS AND THE CULT OF PERSONALITY and the co-author of UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY. He is also the author of AMERICA FOR SALE, THE LATE GREAT U.S.A., and WHY ISRAEL CAN'T WAIT. Currently, Dr. Corsi is a Senior Managing Director in the Financial Services Group at Gilford Securities as well as a senior staff writer for WorldNetDaily.com.
This isn't shocking at all, but the so called white Egyptian Archaeologist don't want to give credit and say that the ancient Kemetians/Egyptian were a black race and civilization.
n a shock statement, head of the Cairo University Archaeology Department, Dr Ala Shaheen has told an audience that there might be truth to the theory that aliens helped the ancient Egyptians build the oldest of pyramids, the Pyramids of Giza. On being further questioned by Mr Marek Novak, a delegate from Poland as to whether the pyramid might still contain alien technology or even a UFO with its structure, Dr Shaheen, was vague and replied “I can not confirm or deny this, but there is something inside the pyramid that is “not of this world”.
Delegates to the conference on ancient Egyptian architecture were left shocked, however Dr Shaheen has refused to comment further or elaborate on his UFO and alien related statements.
cairo-universityThe Great Pyramid is believed to have been built over a 20 year span. The pyramid is so huge and so perfect that we wouldn’t be able to construct something like this in our days and age that will compare. Each giant Stone ranges from 1 to 20 tons in weight, and the Great Pyramid consisted of well over 100,000 stones. But the Egyptians had no machinery, engines, or construction equipment. So the question still stands, who built the great pyramids?
Theories suggest the Egyptians built these pyramids, but this asks us how Egyptians hauled 20 ton stones and placed them perfectly Hundreds Of Feet high 145.75 m, 481 ft high. Some suggest they built a ramp with stones that went from the ground to the top. The flaw in that theory is that It would take More Rocks to build the ramp than it would to build the Pyramid. When the Pyramid was done, where did these rocks go? So much for that theory.
gizaplateaugreatsphinxpyramidofkhafreAnother question is How did they move these extremely heavy rocks? Experts that insist Egyptians built the Pyramid suggest, trees were cut down and smoothed off, and were used as giant rollers under these 20 ton rocks. If you would roll a 20 ton rock on 5 trees, The tree would be too worn down and awkward to haul another, so these logs would be replaced every Stone. Due to the fact there are over 100,000 stones that make up the pyramid, you would need an excess of a half million trees. The problem with this theory is the lack of trees in that area. Egypt grows some date trees, that’s about it. And they certainly wouldn’t cut down all their date trees, for dates are one of the main foods in EGYPT! Now the Great Pyramid was the biggest and tallest of all the Pyramids ever built. Since the Egyptians left us an entire detailed written summary of every event in Egypt imaginable, You would think the building of the greatest Pyramid would be discussed. But it Isn’t. The Pyramid was referred to a few times in very early Hieroglyphics. Egyptian writing suggests the Great Pyramid Was Standing Before Egyptians Populated The Land. Ancient hieroglyphics have detailed writings of farming, giving birth, Pharaoh worship, Hunting, Building Structures, etc, BUT the Building Of The Great Pyramid Was Never Mentioned. Hehe makes ya wonder If it took 10,000 workers per month over a 20 year span to build the Pyramid like experts suggest, There wouldn’t be enough people in a 500 mile radius to make this possible at all.
Actually ancient Egyptian writings very often talk of beings from the sky, the sky opening and bright lights coming down to teach them technology and give them wisdom. Many pictures and symbols resemble UFOs and aliens. POSSIBLY aliens built the Great Pyramid. And these solid long lasting construction techniques were adopted by the Egyptians.
from-saqqmur1Ancient Egyptian legends tell of Tep Zepi, or the “first time”. This is described as an age when “sky gods” came down to Earth and raised the land from mud and water.
They supposedly flew through the air in flying “boats” and brought laws and wisdom to man through a royal line of Pharaohs. And of course, this was all thrown out the window when Christianity came along. Keep in mind that the Gods were the one and only ‘religion’ that there was. No other conflicting beliefs? Why? Well because it was fact, not faith. The modern church would have you believe that’s it’s just a myth. But you have to ask yourself on the edge of Occam razor, what truly indeed is more likely?
That a very advanced alien race came down and altered our gen pool, like ALL other ancient cultures concur with OR, that a bearded spirit in the sky basically went ZAP, and created us in six days. (And kicked back on the seventh)? of course not.. all that in the bible is just copied and manipulated to suite someone else’s agenda for power.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Every month, JPMorgan Chase dispatches a researcher to several supermarkets in Virginia. The task is to comparison shop for 31 items.
In July, the firm’s personal shopper came back with a stunning report: Wal-Mart had raised its prices 5.8% during the previous month. More significantly, its prices were approaching the levels of competing stores run by Kroger and Safeway. The “low-price leader” still holds its title, but by a noticeably slimmer margin.
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Within this tale lie several lessons you can put to work to make money. And it’s best to get started soon, because if you think your grocery bill is already high, you ain’t seen nothing yet. In fact, we could be just one supply shock away from a full-blown food crisis that would make the price spikes of 2008 look like a happy memory.
Fact is, the food crisis of 2008 never really went away.
True, food riots didn’t break out in poor countries during 2009 and warehouse stores like Costco didn’t ration 20-pound bags of rice…but supply remained tight.
Prices for basic foodstuffs like corn and wheat remain below their 2008 highs. But they’re a lot higher than they were before “the food crisis of 2008” took hold. Here’s what’s happened to some key farm commodities so far in 2010…
•Corn: Up 63%
•Wheat: Up 84%
•Soybeans: Up 24%
•Sugar: Up 55%
What was a slow and steady increase much of the year has gone into overdrive since late summer. Blame it on two factors…
•Aug. 5: A failed wheat harvest prompted Russia to ban grain exports through the end of the year. Later in August, the ban was extended through the end of 2011. Drought has wrecked the harvest in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan – home to a quarter of world production
•Oct. 8: For a second month running, the Agriculture Department cut its forecast for US corn production. The USDA predicts a 3.4% decline from last year. Damage done by Midwestern floods in June was made worse by hot, dry weather in August.
America’s been blessed with year after year of “record harvests,” depending on how you measure it. So when crisis hits elsewhere in the world, the burden of keeping the world fed falls on America’s shoulders.
According to Soren Schroder, CEO of the food conglomerate Bunge North America, US grain production has filled critical gaps in world supply three times in the last five years, including this summer…
•In 2010, when drought hit Russian wheat
•In 2009, when drought hit Argentine soybeans
•In 2007–08, when drought hit Australian wheat
So what happens when those “record harvests” no longer materialize?
In September, the US Department of Agriculture estimated that global grain “carryover stocks” – the amount in the world’s silos and stockpiles when the next harvest begins – totaled 432 million tons.
That translates to 70 days of consumption. A month earlier, it was 71 days. The month before that, 72. At this rate, come next spring, we’ll be down to just 64 days – the figure reached in 2007 that touched off the food crisis of 2008.
But what happens if the U.S. scenario is worse than a “nonrecord” harvest? What if there’s a Russia-scale crop failure here at home?
“When we have the first serious crop failure, which will happen,” says farm commodity expert Don Coxe, “we will then have a full-blown food crisis” – one far worse than 2008.
Coxe has studied the sector for more than 35 years as a strategist for BMO Financial Group. He says it didn’t have to come to this. “We’ve got a situation where there has been no incentive to allocate significant new capital to agriculture or to develop new technologies to dramatically expand crop output.”
“We’ve got complacency,” he sums up. “So for those reasons, I believe the next food crisis – when it comes – will be a bigger shock than $150 oil.”
A recent report from HSBC isn’t quite so alarming…unless you read between the lines. “World agricultural markets,” it says, “have become so finely balanced between supply and demand that local disruptions can have a major impact on the global prices of the affected commodities and then reverberate throughout the entire food chain.”
That was the story in 2008. It’s becoming the story again now. It may go away in a few weeks or a few months. But it won’t go away for good. It’ll keep coming back…for decades.
There’s nothing you or I can do to change it. So we might as well “hedge” our rising food costs by investing in the very commodities whose prices are rising now…and will keep rising for years to come.
“While investor eyes are focused on the gold price as it touches new highs,” reads a report from Japan’s Nomura Securities, “the acceleration in global food price is unrestrained. We continue to believe that soft commodities will outperform base and precious metals in the future.”
So how do you do it? As recently as 2006, the only way Main Street investors could play the trend was to buy commodity futures. It was complicated. It involved swimming in the same pool with the trading desks of the big commercial banks. And it usually involved buying on margin – that is, borrowing money from the brokerage. If the market went against you, you’d lose even more than your initial investment.
Nowadays, an exchange-traded fund can do the heavy lifting for you, no margin required. The name of the fund is the PowerShares DB Agriculture ETF (DBA).
There are at least a half-dozen ETFs that aim to profit when grain prices rise. We like DBA the best because it’s easy to understand. It’s based on the performance of the Deutsche Bank Agriculture Index, which is composed of the following:
•Live Cattle 12.5%
•Feeder Cattle 4.2%
•Lean Hogs 8.3%
So you have a mix here of 50% America’s staple crops of corn, beans, wheat and sugar…25% beef and pork…and 25% cocoa, coffee and cotton. It might not be a balanced diet (especially the cotton), but it makes for a good balance of assets within your first foray into “ag” investing.
The meat weighting in here looks especially attractive compared to some of DBA’s competitors, which are more geared to the grains. It takes about six months for higher grain prices to translate to higher cattle and hog prices.
You can capture that potential upside right now…and you’ll be glad you did when you sit down to a good steak dinner a few months down the line. After all, it’s going to cost you more.
What is Tel Aviv to do now that it's known Israelis and pro-Israelis 'fixed' the intelligence that induced the U.S. to war in Iraq?
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Con me consistently for six decades and the relationship is over, as is Israel's credibility as a legitimate nation state.
Tel Aviv knows this. But what can the Zionist state do about it? Answer: Wikileaks.
Why now? Misdirection. Shine the spotlight on Washington to take it off Tel Aviv. That's good old-fashioned psy-ops. And challenge the credibility of the U.S. That's Wikileaks.
Any credible forensics would start by asking: to whose benefit? Then look to means, motive and opportunity plus the presence of stable nation-state intelligence inside the U.S.
Other than Israel, who else is a credible candidate? Notice how quickly Israel's role in the peace process vanished from the news. Now it's Iran, Iran and more Iran. To whose benefit?
Tel Aviv knows that the phony intelligence on Iraq leads to those skilled at waging war "by way of deception"-the motto of the Israeli Mossad. Wikileaks are noteworthy for what's missing: the absence of any material damaging to Israeli goals.
But still Tel Aviv faces an unprecedented peril: transparency. Americans know they were duped. And Israel rightly fears that Americans will soon realize by whom.
Tepid Support will not Suffice
Obama has behaved as anticipated by those who produced his presidency. Anyone surprised at the lack of change in U.S. policy in the Middle East fails to grasp the power of the Israel lobby.
Did he hesitate to support their latest Israeli strategy for scuttling peace negotiations? Absent peace, the U.S. will continue to be the target of those outraged at America's unflinching support for Israel's thuggish behavior in pursuit of its expansionist goals.
Confirming the lobby's influence, Netanyahu announced he would not agree to halt settlements on Palestinian land until Obama reduced to writing a $3 billion bribe.
In return for a proposed 90-day freeze, what form of bribe will America provide? Twenty F-35 jets at $150 million each plus parts, maintenance, training and armaments.
That's $231 million per week or $1,373,626 per hour. What will the U.S. receive in return? A temporary partial freeze on settlements. How many more times can this ruse work?
Israel has evaded a peace agreement since it drove Palestinians from their land in 1948 and seized more land in 1967 to shape today's geopolitics.
Should Israel reach an agreement with the Palestinians, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposes a "comprehensive security agreement." At what cost no one knows. The U.S. Congress has already budgeted $30 billion for Israel over 10 years. This latest $3 billion is on top of that.
That doesn't include the cost to American credibility posed by an offer to veto U.N. recognition of Palestine as a state. And a pledge Never Again to pressure Israel on settlements. Plus the freeze omits East Jerusalem where Tel Aviv insists on moving ahead with new housing starts.
Timing Is Everything
By scheduling its latest incursion into Gaza between Christmas 2008 and the January 2009 Obama inaugural, Tel Aviv ensured only muted opposition during political down time in the U.S. Thus it came as no surprise to see an agent provocateur operation on Thanksgiving Day 2010 as Israel demolished a West Bank Mosque and a Palestinian village.
After seven hours of nonstop talks, Hillary Clinton praised Netanyahu as a "peacemaker." In return, he agreed only to "continue the process." Meanwhile, U.S. elections marked a major victory for Israel when incoming Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Jewish Zionist, announced that the new majority would "serve as a check on the Obama administration."
The Israel lobby has good reason to gloat. Confirming ongoing duplicity, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman proclaimed: "a permanent agreement is impossible."
Wikileaks' release of confidential diplomatic cables provides Israel an opportunity to undermine U.S. relations worldwide while also inflicting lasting damage on U.S. interests in the Middle East. After this, what nation would trust the U.S. to maintain a confidence?
In October, Turkey asked that the U.S. not share intelligence with Israel. Now who dares share intelligence with the U.S.?
This may signal the beginning of the end for the Obama presidency his domestic policy failures are eclipsed by his failures in foreign policy.
This may also signal pre-staging for the 2012 presidential primary with a weakened Obama forced to name Clinton as his running mate or stepping aside so she can lead the ballot.
Her 2008 presidential campaign promised recognition of Israel as a "Jewish state" and promised an "undivided Jerusalem as the capital." Tel Aviv was elated. A second Clinton presidency would ensure another victory for Israel-and no peace.
Israeli psy-ops typically serve multiple purposes. Wikileaks is no exception.
Jeff Gates is author of Guilt By Association-How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War. See www.criminalstate.com
Sunday, November 28, 2010
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Saturday, November 20, 2010
Quakes And More Quakes
There was a minor earthquake in Nebraska that literally shook up residents in this "stable" Midwest state. TRhe tremore occurred along the northern edge of the ancient fault line I have been telling you about for years. It starts in North Texas and ends in Nebraska. Both ends have been moving, especially in Oklahoma.
There also have been tremors increasing in Southeastern Missouri and Western Tennessee along the New Madrid fault line. These rae indications of an event building in that region.
The same is happening along the St. Lawrence Seaway fault line with quakes popping up in New Brunswick, Maine and New York.
Lots of tension building in the Earth's crust right now. There will be a BIG release soon, somewhere. Same tensions are building in people. So, I expect a civil disorder event in a large city as well.
You all know what to do by now. Keep up your protection and release work.
November 19, 2010
In a statement, ABC confirmed the envelope was received at the show’s production office and the substance was determined to be talcum powder.
Hazardous materials officials with the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI responded to CBS Studios where the hit ABC show is staged, authorities said.
An initial field screening was negative for hazardous substances, but the letter will be transported to a regional lab for further testing, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
The FBI and LAPD are conducting a joint investigation, Eimiller said.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I saw south park spoof this last night, but I thought the new cooling product was fake. They always making some nasty ass perverted shiit!
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville man has been charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of an 18-year-old Sullivan University student.
Andrew Compton was last seen Oct. 28. His parents have put up fliers with his picture in store windows, on the Internet and Facebook, hoping someone saw something and can tell them where their son is.
"Most of the time, it's all I think about, nig More..ht and day or I wake up in the middle of the night. Think of, try to think of, some place where he might be, but he had only been here a month," said Compton's mother, Angela Compton. Andrew Compton was a freshman at Sullivan University, studying culinary arts. Classes started in September.
His parents said he often met people online and did so the night he vanished.
Early Tuesday morning, Louisville Metro Police arrested 40-year-old Gregory O'Bryan and charged him with murder.
According to arrest records, a search of Compton's computer found e-mails between Compton and O'Bryan.
Louisville Police have confirmed that Compton and O'Bryan met on a dating website.Police said surveillance video shows Compton meeting up with O'Bryan at Sullivan University on the night he disappeared. Police said O'Bryan originally told them that he picked Compton up on Oct. 28, bought alcohol and took him back to his apartment, where they had sex.
O'Bryan told detectives that Compton left his apartment on foot.
On Monday, police executed a search warrant at O'Bryan's apartment. According to arrest records, O'Bryan admitted to detectives that Compton died during sex. Police said O'Bryan also admitted to having sex with Compton's after his death and to disposing of the body.O'Bryan is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.
Police said they are searching the landfill in Indiana for Compton's remains.
Compton graduated from Carmel High School, in Carmel, Ind., this year. Tuesday, John Williams, principal of Carmel High School, issued a statement on Compton's death:
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of one of our fellow Greyhounds, Andrew Compton, a 2010 graduate of Carmel High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of great loss. Andrew spoke frequently with his teachers about his passion for the culinary arts. He will be missed by all who knew him.”
O'Bryan's family released a statement Tuesday afternoon that read, "Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the Compton family. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time."
Is there a limit to what white folks will do? SMH or maybe a shorter list would be to write the shiit that they won't do!
SENECA, SC (WCSC) - A burglary call for Oconee County sheriff's deputies turned bizarre Monday morning when their suspect was found naked with a mouse in his rectum and apparently drugged, an incident report shows.
Authorities responded to Bernwood Circle near the town of Seneca late Monday morning after a resident complained of a burglar. When deputies arrived, they found Noah Smith, 31, lying face down and naked inside the doorway of the victim's home, the report stated.
When the deputy tried to make contact with Smith, he slapped the deputy. In return, the deputy deployed his taser, which had no effect on Smith, the report stated.
With reinforcements, deputies approached Smith again in the victim's bedroom. A deputy managed to handcuff Smith before he jumped off the victim's bed and tried to kick other deputies in the room, the report stated.
Then, according to the report, Smith was pepper sprayed. Undeterred, Smith continued to kick at the officers and otherwise evade capture. He was struck with a police baton several times, and Smith attempted to bite the deputy.
Smith's head and mouth were covered with a blanket to prevent him from biting. He was wrestled down so shackles could be placed on his legs and his arms were hog-tied, the report stated. An EMS crew responded and provided a stretcher to which Smith was also tied.
Deputies and officers from the Seneca Police Department opined that Smith might have been high on mushrooms, and identified equipment that could be used to get high in the victim's home.
During a medical exam at a nearby hospital, medical personnel found a mouse tail hanging from Smith's rectum. An X-ray revealed a mouse lodged inside Smith.
He told emergency room personnel that he could not remember what had happened to him.
After the medical exam, he was charged with resisting arrest, 1st and 3rd degree assault a battery charges, and indecent exposure. Smith was transported to the Oconee County Detention Center.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
A disturbing story erupted in the blogosphere yesterday. For a while, Amazon was selling a self-published Kindle e-book entitled The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct, that seems to be pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The author, 47-year-old Philip Greaves, claimed not actually to be a pedophile himself, but wrote from his own pre-teen and teen experiences after having been involuntarily hospitalized for manic depression.
Before the book drew widespread attention, Greaves said he had sold one copy (link probably NSFW). But after enraged commentary hit social networks and blogs, it sold enough copies to reach #80 on Amazon’s top 100 books list before Amazon finally pulled it.
Oddly, only hours before yanking the book, Amazon strongly defended selling it, even though Amazon’s own policies prohibit content that includes “offensive material” or that “may lead to the production of an illegal item or illegal activity.”
Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.
Apparently thousands of people proclaiming an intent to boycott Amazon over this title, followed by attention from the non-Internet media such as Dr. Phil, were sufficient to cause Amazon to change its mind. Still, I find it more than a little strange that Amazon should have been so quick to defend the right to sell a pedophilia guide when, 18 months ago, it drew widespread “Amazonfail” derision for stripping sales rankings from gay and lesbian books. Hypocritical much, Amazon?
Paul Carr takes a thoughtful look at the controversy surrounding the book and the meaning behind Amazon’s decision to pull it—not a moral decision or even censorship, but a “rational economic decision” based on the likelihood of a boycott.
But what the ban most certainly is not is an anti-pedophile victory of any meaningful kind, any more than YouTube’s decision (under pressure, in part, from the British government) to remove hate speech by Anwar al Awlaki was a particularly meaningful triumph in the war against terror. In fact, if either ban has achieved anything (and it probably hasn’t) it’s simply to drive another vile little man further underground, to join the thousands of other vile little men (and the occasional vile little woman) who ooze far below the surface of the Internet, in private chat rooms and IRC channels and password protected forums. Philip R Greaves’ fetid little fantasies haven’t been destroyed, but rather will now be added to the countless other sick fictions and how-tos – not to mention the far more troubling, and illegal, images and videos of actual criminal acts – that lie in the darkest corners of the web, away from the glare of public derision.
I have little doubt that pedophilia has its own sick subculture sites where people afflicted with pedophilia discuss their common interests. Neither this book being offered for sale, nor it being pulled from Amazon, are likely to change that, and I find it unlikely that many of the people who frequent that kind of site would want to call attention (or leave a paper trail) to themselves by buying this book. (For one thing, they probably know what’s in it already.)
All the same, this kind of book is absolutely disgusting, and I find it hard to argue in favor of making that kind of content available even from a slippery-slope, “then they came for me” perspective. All the same, there are other books casting pedophilia in a positive light that Amazon continues to sell: Firefly by Piers Anthony, for just one example.
As Dianna Dilworth at eBookNewser and Devin Coldewey at TechCrunch observe, this issue points to a dilemma that Amazon and other e-book self-publishing sites will be running into more and more as years go by: the question of how to censor, or at least filter, self-published titles. Amazon seemed to be having trouble straddling the line between “censoring” a controversial book and filtering out offensive material yesterday—boldly declaiming against removing it one moment and then quietly doing just that the next.
I suspect that, early on, some lower-echelon PR flak decided that, in absence of orders to the contrary, the safest thing to do was toe the party line and send out a standard boilerplate “hell no, we won’t censor” response that I imagine they keep handy for complaints about any controversial book. It’s easy to follow orders blindly, because you don’t have to think for yourself—and some corporate structures actually punish initiative in the lower ranks. Then, a couple of hours later, someone higher up took a good look at was actually going on, and sanity prevailed.
It reminds me a little of Amazon’s oddly passive-aggressive “surrender notice” to Macmillan’s agency pricing back in January—that was buried on a Kindle user forum, a week before Amazon actually got around to restating new sales of Macmillan titles. In both cases Amazon produced a strange little statement that seemed to bear little actual relationship to what happened next.
I wonder whether this incident will be quickly forgotten, or whether the issues it stirs up will have repercussions down the road? I would not be surprised to see it lead to more stringent policies concerning what types of books Amazon will and will not publish in the future.
Well, this is a sign of things to come. In 20 or so years, there will be “paedophile rights” just as there are gay rights now. And maybe the world will move on to “bestiality rights” in another 40 or so years. Our parent’s generation all reacted with horror at homosexuals, and look at where we are now. I’m not saying it’s right, i’m not saying it’s wrong. I’m just saying open your eyes and see what is happening to our societies. And ask yourself, “what will i do?”
Well, they finally came up with a clever cover story to "explain" the mystery missile over LA . A defense expert, John Pike, said it was a plane contrail. He also said:
"Why the government is so badly organized that they can't get somebody out there to explain it and make this story go away ... I think that's the real story," Pike added.
Notice the words--" make this story go away." That is a clue. It tells you it is a cover up of what really happened.
If it was a plane contrail, then which flight was it? What airline? Was it on radar? Why don't they have that information?
People on the ground saw it. I think they know what a plane looks like. How stupid do they think people are? Very, apparently. I think most people are accepting this explanation. It is much easier to think it was a plane contrail instead of a missile or something worse.
Mind-controlled people will accept the government story. Just like 911, or Iraq or any Al Qaeda information given on the media. Blind acceptance with no questioning. Perfect robots. Very sad.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Woman Says Police Officers Beat Her
Attorney: 2 Police Officers Ambushed Woman In Jail Cell
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. -- A 25-year-old Wayne woman said she was beaten and humiliated by two Westland police officers while she was in custody in August.
Krystal Gardner is suing the male officers and Westland Police Department over the assault she said happened Aug. 18, while she was in custody after being arrested in connection with a domestic dispute involving her sister.
During a news conference Tuesday with her attorney, Arnold Reed, Gardner said she was ambushed in her holding cell by the two officers, who beat her until one of her eyes was swollen shut, her nose bled and she was nearly unconscious.
She said the officers also humiliated her by kicking her between the legs, causing her skirt to lift up and her vaginal area to be exposed.
“It was the most humiliating and most horrible situations I have ever been in,” Gardner said.
Reed said the officers tried to cover up the incident by dropping the original domestic violence against Gardner and charging her with the assault and battering of a police officer.
Gardner admitted she had been banging on the walls of her cell, but it was because she is a diabetic and was being denied her medication and a blanket.
"I'm sitting down and he just comes in and jumps on me. The other officer comes in later and continues to beat me as well," she said. “I was screaming for help.”
Gardner said she spent two days in the hospital recovering from her injuries.
Reed said he has jail video that will support his case.
"They humiliated her. They called her a series of names, including the 'B' word, a whore and animal," Reed said. "This was a complete breakdown of the justice system."
The lawsuit is asking for a monetary reward of $2 million.
Westland's police chief did not return phone calls. But, according to a police report, officers said they used force with Gardner because she was assaulting them. The report states Gardner spit in the officers’ faces. Click link to watch video below.
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - In any community, police officers are supposed to be the city’s “moral barometer,” exhibiting ethical behavior of the highest standard. But the troubled past of one of the highest ranking cops in a local department is raising questions about whether she’s the right woman for the job.
Police officers are supposed protect and serve.. but one local mother says she was victimized by an off duty cop – and now she tells Action News Investigator Heather Catallo that she wants to know why the officer is still carrying a badge. Please be warned: a few of the pictures in this story are pretty graphic.
Flood’s Bar in Downtown Detroit is usually a place to see and be seen. But on a night in November of 2007…the Detroit institution was a crime scene. And the suspect: off-duty Detroit Police Sgt. Lanesha Jones.
“Never would have thought that I would be struck by someone who’s supposed to protect the citizens.. and they’re hurting the citizens,” said Emily.
The woman we’re talking to, who we’ll call Emily, asked that she not be identified. She’s known Sgt. Jones for years, and the two have never gotten along. And on that night in November 2007, things were no different.
Standing near the bar, things got tense…the women argued, and suddenly, wielding a glass, the off-duty Sergeant struck Emily in the head, knocking her to the floor. Emily said the sergeant ground the glass pieces into her head.
When it was all over, this is what the Sgt. had done: leaving deep lacerations in Emily’s head. One witness would later tell officers she saw “blood running down everywhere,” and that she could “see the bone” exposed in Emily’s head. It would take 20 stitches to close the wounds.
“I never saw it coming. I couldn’t see. It was blood all in my eyes and my face,” said Emily.
But that’s just where this story begins. Despite being convicted of assault and despite being terminated by the Detroit Police Department. Sgt. Jones is still a police officer. In fact, she just got a promotion.
Volcker Says in China He Remains Concerned About Global Economic Imbalance And Gold Futures Rise to Record on Speculation Dollar Will Decline
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, who is also chairman of President Barack Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, said he continues to be concerned by global economic imbalances.
Developing economies such as China still have a “heavy dependence” on the U.S. as a market for their exports and the U.S. still has an “inability to produce savings,” Volcker said at a financial forum in Beijing today.
“The imbalances remain and those imbalances are particularly categorized with the relationship between the U.S. and China, the two leading countries in the world now,” Volcker said. “Concerns about adjustments that I had five years ago remain.”
Volcker’s comments come as Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao and other world leaders are to gather this week for the Group of 20 Nation’s meetings in Seoul. South Korean President Lee Myung Bak said Nov. 3 that he expected G-20 leaders to agree on “guidelines” for current-account positions to ease global trade imbalances.
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan met Volcker in Beijing yesterday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Wang and Volcker discussed economic relations between China and the U.S., Xinhua said.
The Federal Reserve’s plan to buy $600 billion of Treasuries to pump money into the world’s biggest economy has been criticized by Chinese officials including Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai, who said yesterday that so-called quantitative easing may undermine the global economic recovery.
Dai Xianglong, chairman of China’s national pension fund and a former governor of the nation’s central bank, said today at the Beijing forum where Volcker spoke that the world needs a stable dollar. Dai proposed setting a trading range for the dollar.
Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Gold surged to a record $1,119.10 an ounce in New York on speculation a decline in the dollar will spark demand for the precious metal as an alternative asset.
The metal climbed for the eighth straight session, the longest rally since January 2006. Before rebounding today, the dollar extended a slump to a 15-month low against a basket of currencies. India’s central bank bought gold last month to diversify reserves.
“The interest that central banks have shown for gold has really lit a fire under the market,” said Matt Zeman, a metals trader at LaSalle Futures Group Inc. in Chicago. “People are questioning the value of not only the U.S. currency, but all paper currencies. Investors are more comfortable holding gold.”
Gold futures for December delivery climbed $12.10, or 1.1 percent, to $1,114.60 on the New York Mercantile Exchange’s Comex division. The price has jumped 7.1 percent this month, while the dollar dropped 1.5 percent against the currency basket. The metal is headed for a ninth straight annual gain.
Gold for immediate delivery jumped to a record $1,118.88.
The dollar has declined more than 7 percent since December, when the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark lending rate close to zero percent to pull the U.S. economy out of recession.
“The dollar is not going to get any firm footing with rates at zero,” Zeman said. “The dollar is going to continue to be the victim of the carry trade. People are selling dollars and putting it in higher-yielding assets. All commodities are going higher.”
The Bank of England’s benchmark rate is 0.5 percent while the European Central Bank’s key rate is 1 percent.
Governments in the U.S. and other nations have cut borrowing costs and boosted spending amid the deepest recession since World War II, spurring some investors to buy bullion as a hedge against inflation.
“What’s the value of paper money?” said John Hathaway, the managing director of New York-based Tocqueville Asset Management LP and the manager of the Tocqueville Gold Fund. “It depends on what happens in the next three years to the efforts of the Federal Reserve and other world central banks to bring about an economic recovery.”
“Would they be able to retract the liquidity they put into place?” Hathaway said today in a Bloomberg Television interview. “If they have a hard time doing it, I think we’ll see inflation, and gold will go much higher.”
India’s central bank last month bought 200 metric tons of gold from the International Monetary Fund for $6.7 billion. Sri Lanka also said it has been buying gold. That prompted analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Societe Generale SA and Barclays Capital to forecast further purchases by central banks, already the biggest holders of gold.
Palladium futures climbed to a 15-month high today.
Absolutely nothing, until you look at it from the side… This picture of very phallic pink elephant trunk was inside a harmless looking children’s pop-up book called “The Very Lazy Lion,” written by Jack Tickle.
Pedophilia much? They always planting subliminal messages in children minds. Do you think the elephant was intentionally drawn this way? Do you think this is too much for a kids book or is it innocent enough? And look in the corner of the book and read what it says. With a name like jack "tickle" (author) you have to wonder if this is a drawing of his white, Caucasoid, cock!
Monday, November 8, 2010
One Piece Of Moderately Good Economic News And 14 Pieces Of Bad Economic News That Are So Horrifying You Might Not Want To Read Them Standing Up
Today the financial world was buzzing with excitement because there was one moderately good piece of news for the U.S. economy. U.S. employers added 151,000 jobs during the month of October and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.6%. This is certainly welcome news, but these days it seems as though there are at least ten pieces of bad economic news for every hopeful economic signal. So don't get fooled when the U.S. economy takes one step forward, because it is about to take another dozen or so steps backwards. We are living in the middle of a nightmarish long-term economic decline that has been building for generations. The deindustrialization of the United States, the horrific trade deficit caused by globalization and the skyrocketing national debt are problems that have taken decades to develop. The Federal Reserve has been ripping the guts out of our financial system since 1913. These are not things that are going to be fixed overnight. In fact, there are some statistics that just keep getting worse and worse and worse as time goes by. We are heading straight for a devastating economic collapse and hopefully we can all warn as many people as possible while there is still time.
The more research that you do into our economic situation the more depressing it becomes. We are in big, big, big trouble. The following are 14 pieces of bad economic news that are so horrifying you might not want to read them standing up....
#1 More than 42 million Americans were on food stamps during the month of August. That is a new all-time record, and that number is 17 percent higher than it was one year earlier. In fact, the number of Americans on food stamps is up more than 58 percent since August 2007.
#2 The number of "persons not in the labor force" in the United States has set another new all-time record. The United States has not had such an extended bout of mass unemployment since the Great Depression. The "official" unemployment rate in the United States has been at nine and a half percent or above for 14 consecutive months.
#3 More than 1000 people now live in the 200 miles of flood tunnels that exist under the city of Las Vegas. Once one of the most prosperous cities in the United States, Las Vegas is now little more than a shiny, glittering corpse that it rapidly decaying.
#4 Poverty is absolutely exploding and it is hitting those who are the most vulnerable the hardest. According to one recent study, approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010.
#5 In the past 60 days alone, the price of cotton is up 54%, the price of corn is up 29%, the price of soybeans is up 22%, the price of orange juice is up 17%, and the price of sugar is up 51%.
#6 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one anti-poverty program run by the federal government.
#7 The American Bankruptcy Institute says that there will be about 1.6 million consumer bankruptcies in 2010. That would represent a huge increase over 2009.
#8 According to one recent survey, 28% of all U.S. households have at least one member that is looking for a full-time job.
#9 The individual U.S. states are mostly flat broke. For example, it is being reported that the 15 largest U.S. states spent on average over 220% of their tax receipts over the past decade. Clearly this is not even close to sustainable.
#10 The U.S. government is completely and totally broke. After analyzing Congressional Budget Office data, Boston University economics professor Laurence J. Kotlikoff concluded that the U.S. government is facing a "fiscal gap" of $202 trillion dollars.
#11 In an attempt to keep our financial system solvent, the U.S. Federal Reserve has announced plans to create $600 billion out of thin air and pump it into the U.S. economy. The Fed is calling this "quantitative easing", but what they should really be calling it is "cheating, debasing and inflating".
#12 Many of the major trading partners of the United States are expressing deep resentment regarding the new quantitative easing policy announced by the Fed. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard recently described the growing animosity this way....
Li Deshui from Beijing's Economic Commission said a string of Asian states share China's "deep bitterness" over dollar debasement, and are examining ways of teaming up to insulate themselves from the tsunami of US liquidity.
#13 For many analysts, the economic collapse of the United States comes down to cold, hard math. For example, the former CEO of the tenth largest bank in the United States says that it is a "mathematical certainty" that the U.S. government will eventually go bankrupt.
#14 According to a recent article on CNBC, the financial world is already buzzing about QE3....
"They're already talking about QE3," said Dave Rovelli, managing director of US equity trading for Canaccord Adams. "Eventually we're going to be printing so much money the dollar is going to really go down and everybody's going to try to deflate their currency against us. I just don't know how this could end well."
So is that all the Federal Reserve has left?
Are they just going to keep pouring bags of money into the economy until things get back to "normal"?
Are we going to have "Quantitative Easing 3", "Quantitative Easing 4", and "Quantitative Easing 5"?
It has been a long-running joke, but perhaps by the end of this thing Ben Bernanke will literally go up in a helicopter and start shoveling out huge piles of cash over the countryside.
The era of great prosperity that we have all enjoyed for so long is coming to an end. It would be advisable to use the remaining period of economic stability that we still have to prepare for what is ahead.
These economic problems could have been fixed decades ago if people would have actually listened and would have followed sound economic principles on an individual and on a corporate level, but that did not happen.
Now we are up to our eyeballs in debt and the greatest economic machine in history is rotting all around us.
We are in deep, deep, deep trouble and denying it is not going to make it go away.